Algoma University and the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Athletics Program are pleased to announce that Pedro Filipe Sobral Costa has joined the men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season.
“Pedro is a point guard who can run a team very well. It will take some time for him to adjust to the OUA style of play. Once he gets over the adjustment period, I know he will be one of the top point guards in the league with his international experience,” said men’s Head Coach Thomas Cory.
From Queluz, Portugal, Costa has been playing basketball for 14 years. He has experience playing in both Portugal and the United States. Costa played for the Portuguese National Team at the FIBA U18 Championships and at the FIBA U16 Championships. At the FIBA U18 Championships in 2016, Costa averaged 10.1 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 1.6 assists per game. With the Portuguese National Team, he earned a silver medal at the Community of Portuguese Language Countries U16 Games. With the Portuguese Youth League, he won the U16 and U14 National Championships in both Portugal and Lisbon. His squad also won the Regional Championship of GISA in Atlanta, Georgia.
Costa has a plethora of accolades for his elitism in the sport. He was named to the Team of Georgia All-stars, the All-State Team of GISA, and the All-Regional Team of GISA. He earned the U16 and U14 National MVP title in Portugal. He was also selected to play for the U16 and U14 All National Teams
He joins the Thunderbirds from Elite Sports Academy in Issaquah, Washington.
Costa recently graduated from Furtah Preparatory School in Acworth, Georgia. In Portugal, he was an Honour Roll student for two consecutive years.
Costa will be studying in Algoma’s four-year Bachelor of Business Administration program.
“I felt very honored with Coach Thomas Cory’s invitation to join Algoma University and its basketball program. He was always very helpful and open during the whole recruitment process, both for me and my family. His links to Portugal have created a very good connection between us almost since the first time we spoke when he was visiting Portugal, and I could see that we share the same passion and ambition for this game. I felt this was the best opportunity for me to continue my basketball career and growing as individual… One of the major factors was knowing that the team has been improving its records year by year and my desire of being part of this process of building a winning team. I feel like I can help the team by working hard every day, but also with my experience of playing around Europe and the United States. I can’t wait to join the Algoma family and start playing with my teammates. I am very optimistic we can do great things this season and I am looking forward it.”
Source: Algoma U Athletics